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  1. H2Hotel in Healdsburg
    Travel Reports

    H2Hotel in Healdsburg

    Last weekend I spent a night at the new H2Hotel, the sister property of Hotel Healdsburg, which is one of my favorite places to stay in Sonoma County. Conceived as a younger, hipper, more...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    09.03.10

  2. Re:Crafted, by Marc Kristal
    Books

    Re:Crafted, by Marc Kristal

    I finally got my hands on a copy of contributing editor Marc Kristal's lush new book, Re:Crafted: Interpretations of Craft in Contemporary Architecture and Interiors, which was published by the...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    09.02.10

  3. Toro Chair

    Toro Chair

    Easy chairs are, sadly, not always so easy on the eyes. Give the old Barcalounger the boot and slip into Toro, a smooth leather-and-wood looker.

  4. Winner: Coolcapitals Cool Case Contest
    A Great Idea

    Winner: Coolcapitals Cool Case Contest

    This was a tough one! After much deliberation, our judges are excited to announce the grand-prize winner of the Coolcapitals Cool Case competition.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    09.01.10

  5. Spindle Stool

    Spindle Stool

    The Spindle stool—made from Andiroba wood—was turned on a lathe traditionally used for making lamps in Barbados. Part of Love, Freedom, Flow, the debut collection from the New Caribbean...

  6. SFMOMA talks Olivetti's Design
    Event Spotlight

    SFMOMA talks Olivetti's Design

    Earlier this year SFMOMA hosted a big extravaganza marking the opening of it's 75th anniversary show 75 Years of Looking Forward. In addition to finely-curated group of paintings and objects, a...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.31.10

  7. Objeti Design Studio
    Interviews

    Objeti Design Studio

    Cleveland is no New York or Milan, so it may not seem to be the most ideal city in which to launch a design studio. But Objeti, Joseph Ribic's design/manufacturing firm based in Ohio, is proving...

    08.31.10

  8. Illustration Play 2
    Books

    Illustration Play 2

    Berkeley–based publisher Gingko Press's latest offering is a whimsical celebration of illustrations that literally jump off the page using traditional crafts like quilling and papercutting....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.30.10

  9. Leather Fly Swatter
    Product

    Leather Fly Swatter

    I was in Maine last week for my yearly vacation back East, and was happy to discover a new shop in Camden called Sugar Tools. All told it has something of a shabby chic vibe, though I did come...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.30.10

  10. Modern Thank-You Notes
    Product

    Modern Thank-You Notes

    GIGI PRESS, a new Los Angeles–based letterpress company, sent me samples of their work last week, and I love their clean, modern aesthetic. Check out the boxed thank you notes emblazoned...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.30.10

  11. Floppy Basket

    Floppy Basket

    Sometimes finding just the right product you never knew you were looking for is simply a matter of receiving a hot tip from a pal. Our associate editor Miyoko was so jazzed about buying one of...

    $45.00

  12. Winner: Color Me Impressed, Round 1
    A Great Idea

    Winner: Color Me Impressed, Round 1

    Join us in congratulating Cara Veeder for her submission, Josef Albers' Dinner Party! Designer's Statement: Josef Albers, in his unique approach to color, always begins the paintings in his Homag...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    08.28.10

  13. Architecture + the City Kicks Off
    Event Spotlight

    Architecture + the City Kicks Off

    This weekend, the seventh annual Architecture + the City kicks off in San Francisco. Organized by the American Institute of Architecture San Francisco chapter and the Center for Architecture +...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.27.10

  14. Friday Finds 8.27.2010
    Week in Review

    Friday Finds 8.27.2010

    The long days of summer are coming to an end, to help you through this despondent time we've collected a group of fun, fantastic things to keep your spirits high.

    written by: Fida Sleiman
    08.27.10

  15. It Takes A Village
    Travel Reports

    It Takes A Village

    Civic leaders in Oakland, California, have been battling hard for decades to make the city as socially and economically healthy as possible. One of their recent endeavors is Tassafaronga Village,...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Diana Budds
    08.27.10

  16. An Introduction to Lighting
    Design 101

    An Introduction to Lighting

    One of the oldest proclamations in Western literature—maybe the very oldest, depending on how you see things—is “Let there be light.” And for most of human history, whether...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  17. Electric Sandwich
    A Great Idea

    Electric Sandwich

    So you’ve finally made the move from incandescent to CFLs only to learn that you’re well behind the LED wave. Get ready to switch again.

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  18. Sunlight on Demand
    --Done Right

    Sunlight on Demand

    Fiber-optic cables can be used to pipe and enhance sunlight into homes. Money is saved. The English rejoice.

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  19. Dim Some, Lose Some
    --Done Wrong

    Dim Some, Lose Some

    Waste extends far beyond what winds up in the landfill. The International Dark-Sky Association leads the charge against light pollution.

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  20. Lumen on the Horizon
    --The Future of

    Lumen on the Horizon

    There’s a light at the end of the tunnel; this trio of design luminaries tells us precisely how it will work.

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

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